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Cafe Society 7:30 p.m. ( Pre-registration has closed. Please pay at the door)  |  View Full Calendar

Presented by Elena Balashova-Shamis, Psy.D & Deborah Lynn, M.D.


Café Society is the latest film by Woody Allen, and a lovely and enjoyable one at that. It depicts the arc of true love and the inevitable broken hearts in its path. It explores the nature of love, and the tensions it creates both in marriage and for marriage.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this learning activity, participants should be able to:

• Gain a better understanding of the complex dynamics of courtship and marriage, and use the topics of discussion generated in their everyday practice of marriage and couples work

• Examine the subversive nature of love, the defense mechanisms used by our patients, and the nature of social institutions meant to attenuate the same

Elena Balashova-Shamis, Psy.D., is an advanced psychoanalytic candidate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in both adult and child programs. She maintains a private practice in Marina Del Rey. She is a faculty member at NCP, UCLA and Ryokan College, and also works as a dissertation advisor. She presents seminars and workshops on various topics in psychoanalysis, sexuality and child development.

Deborah Lynn, M.D., is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and general psychiatrist, and psychoanalytic candidate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. She is in private practice in Westwood and a member of the